Course Details

Safe Working Practice: Trail Checking

Making notes is a crucial part of checking trails
Getting the detail right is crucial
This course helps you employ the protocols and best practice techniques to undertake, record and verify mtb trail checks of marked and wild trails.

This unique course covers the principles and application of checking mtb trails as part of good practice trail and land management.  It includes:

  • Why trail check? an understanding of responsibilities and litigation
  • Recording protocols, tools and techniques
  • Three methods of trail checking and how you rotate them
  • What to look for on the trail: corridor; surfacing; visibility; signage
  • Categorising repairs
  • Identifying locations needing repairs
  • Management and verification requirements

This course also leads to the Volunteer Trail Repair Co-ordinator course which looks at maintaining mtb trails and liaising between volunteers, dig days and land owners / managers.


8 hours over one day
Determined by your previous completion of the Fundamentals or Technical Areas courses.
Combined training and assessment

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Set up systems of work for trail checks
  • Implement lone-working procedures
  • Check trails for land managers
  • Identify locations that need immediate and future amendment



Please contact the Courses & Training Helpline to find out if this course is available for booking: 01483 238 337

What you need

Prior to attending this course, it is recommended that you have completed either:

These courses are absolute pre-requisites for organisations such as Forestry Commission.

Where you are working with other land managers, it can be possible by request to bypass these pre-requisites.

What next?

This course leads directly to the Volunteer Trail Repair Co-ordinator course which takes the information determined as a result of your trail checks and identifies the most effective way of repairing and maintaining them, liasing with both volunteer trail repair groups, dig days and land managers.

This course can be used as supporting evidence and training towards the Trail Mountain Bike Leader Award.




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  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
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